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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Police Aim to Save Lives With ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’

By Steve Franzen, Campbell County Attorney

If you’re enjoying the holidays with a drink, the Campbell County Attorney’s Office has a message for you: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each year, law enforcement agencies across America will be actively searching for and arresting drunk drivers from December 17 to January 1. They have good reason to: in 2013, 10,076 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver. In December 2013 alone there were 733 people killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Twenty-three of those deaths occurred on Christmas Day.

It’s time for all drivers to get the message.  Drunk driving is a choice you make, and when you make that choice, people get hurt or die. That’s why we’re joining with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to share the message: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. The safest way to get home is to drive sober or catch a ride with a sober designated driver. If you plan on drinking at the holiday party or at a restaurant, hand the keys over to someone else – a sober friend, a taxi, uber or public transportation. Or, try NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, which allows users to call a taxi or a friend by identifying their location so they can be picked up. The app is available at for Android and for iPhone users.

As part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign period, police will be increasing the number of patrols, setting up roadblocks, and using local media to reach out to all drivers. If you’re drinking and driving, city and county police throughout Campbell County will stop you. If you’re caught drinking and driving you could face jail time, fines, loss of driver’s license, towing fees, and other DUI expenses, totaling thousands of dollars. That’s not a small price, and that doesn’t even count the heftier price you could pay: the price of your life or someone else’s.

The only way to truly avoid a DUI is to drive sober or designate a sober driver ahead of time. There are other options, such as calling friends, family members, using public transportation, or using a ride service such as a taxi, Uber or Lift. The cost of getting a sober ride is nothing compared to a $10,000 DUI or the cost of someone’s life.  Further, the ‘inconvenience’ of not driving your own car home is nothing compared to the inconvenience of spending the holidays behind bars.

In addition to reminding all drivers to drive sober, the County Attorney’s Office is calling on everyone to be alert. If you see a drunk driver on the road, call the police right away. If someone you know is about to drive after drinking, take their keys and help them get home safely. We’ve got to work together to make our roads safer this December and year-round.

The carnage and mortality driving under the influence causes on our roads and in our community can be devastating. That’s why, leading up to the holidays, we will show zero tolerance for drunk drivers on the road. Please find a safe and sober ride home.

Campbell County drivers, please follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:

Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, the risk of having a crash.
If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

Remember, driving after drinking should never be an option. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

I hope this information is interesting and helpful.  If you have any topics you would like to have covered in this column, please contact my office by e-mail at, by phone at 491-7700 or by regular mail addressed to 319 York Street, Newport, Kentucky 41071.

1 comment:

  1. According to the stats provided, December has less fatalities than the average month, and Christmas Day has less than the average day in December.

    Facts are funny things